Would someone just pay the guy off already? He now plans to not only make the tall ships enter one at a time, with lights off, at night – he’s going to keep them under lock and key at some of the south Boston piers that he can ban access to.

This is a $50 million tourist event that Mayor Menino is basically trying to kill because Boston doesn’t directly receive any of the tourist money: sales tax and such go to the Commonwealth of Massachusett’s coffers, and Menino doesn’t want to have to spend anything extra on security, even though the Tall Ships organization itself has promised to pay for a good deal of the security. In short, Menino is demonstrating about as much foresight and reasoning ability as a spoiled toddler.